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Chettinad Cotton Handloom Saree Weavers Colony

Chettinad cotton sarees are also known by their name, kandaangi sarees. These handloom sarees are usually made out of cotton, though these days pure silk is also incorporated and uses a distinctive palette of colors with earthy tones. These sarees are very popular because of their unique qualities, like color, pattern, authenticity, and heritage.

Karaikudi - Thousand Windows House

Karaikudi is an amazing tourist destination with cultural and traditional values.The place is extremely famous for its heritage and historical buildings. Karaikudi is extremely famous for its indispensable architecture. The place is filled with mind-blowing buildings and one-of-a-kind structures. One such place of significance and beauty would be the Aayiram Jannal Veedu.

Sankarapathi Kottai - 16TH Century fort

This 16th-century fort was built by friends of the Pandiya kingdom. There is a belief that there is a tunnel that connects. Thirumayam, which is 36km away. This fort was destroyed by the English Army while arresting Maruthu brothers, who fought for independence. The Nadu government has announced it as Tourism Place.

Ariyakudi South Thirupathi Temple

Locally known as the Tiruvengadamudaiyan temple, this temple for Vishnu, Srinivasa Perumal, together with Alarmel Mangai Thayar, is considered the largest Vishnu temple in the Chettinadu region, with its imposing presence and the 7-tiered raja gopuram. It is said that back in the day, the entire village of Ariyakudi reverberated with the chants of the Vedas and the Nalayira Divya Prabandham.

Avudayar Koil

The government declared theentire Avudayar Koil town as a 'Heritage Town* due to the presence of this temple in this town. Avudayar Koil, being one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu state, India, is also known as "Atmanatha Swamy Temple." built in the 8th century CE, around 1200 years old. Further entering the temple, one can find another Manickavasagar shrine surrounded by olden period paintings. All the pillars in the shrine have beautiful sculptures on them.

Kanadukathan - Chettinad Palace

These mansions used to be the proud and magnificent homes of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a forward caste in South India well-known for being wealthy and philanthropic. This is a palace built in 1912 by Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar, a native Zamindar of Chettinad who started the famous Indian Bank and Annamalai University in Chidambaram. 8kmtrs from Athangudi, 14 km from Karaikudi

Kundrakudi - Hill Murugan Temple

6th Century CAVE TEMPLE in Kundrakudi, the Lord Murugan Temple is set up on a small hillock that is reached by a flight of 150 steps. There are three caves located on the western side of the lower rock that have rock-cut shrines from the Pandyan Empire from the 6th century. The caves have the earliest sculptural representation. of Dvarapalas, the guardian deities, for any South Indian temple. The cave temples are dedicated to Shiva, yet there are full-size sculptures of Vishnu, Durga, Lingotbhava, and Harihara, painted colorfully with vegetable dyes! 11 km from Karaikudi, 6.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., phone: 0457-264227

Koppudai Ammam Temple

10 day Sevvai Perum Tiruvizha is grandly celebrated in the temple beginning from last Tuesday in Chithirai-April-May till the First week of Vaikasi-May-June. Poochoridal festival is celebrated in Chithirai on the second Tuesday if there will be four Tuesdays in the month or on the third Tuesday if there will be five Tuesdays in the month.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Oldest road in india - Karaikudi cement road

Where much research is carried out on sustainable roads, there exists a road in Heritage Town, Karaikudi, that has been used for many generations. The road has seen many climate changes and different weather conditions, and it has sustained itself without any maintenance activity carried out. The road is also called the Railway Road, which connects the train station and town. The road was built during pre-Independence times. Current generation have to learn how the road has been built using old techniques using Haritaki (Kadukai in Tamil), Palm Jaggery (Karupatti in Tamil), and various roots from trees. This technique is very unique to the Chettinadu.

Pillayarpatti Temple

Named after the Elephant God - Lord Ganesha, the small town of Pillaiyarpatti is famous for the Pillaiyarpatti Karpaga Vinayakar Temple dedicated to the Hindu deity of knowledge and wisdom. In Tamil, Pillaiyar refers to Ganesha. The ancient rock-cut temple is a majestic testament to early Pandyan architecture, and the temple is said to have undergone three stages of growth throughout its history.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Athangudi - Chettiar Palace

One of the most interesting elements to experience in Chettinad is the mansions one can find here. The magnificent architectural buildings boasting a confluence of several architectural styles—several artistic signatures—integrate as one of the best things to experience in Chettinad. Of many magnificent builds, the largest and best mansion to witness and be in sheer awe of is the Athangudi Periya Veedu. The Chettiars always got the best stuff: teak, chandeliers, and glass from Burma, Belgium, and Murano, respectively. It is located 14 km from Karaikudi and 10 km from Pillaiyarpatti.

Athangudi Tiles Making

The place is known for its floor tiles called "Athangudi tiles." The tiles are handmade and have traditional patterns and designs. The tiles are durable and eco-friendly. Athangudi ties within the Chettinad traditional area. The People of the area learned the art of tile-making and made a trademark of their own in Athangudi. The majority of families in the village are involved in tile production.


Thirkoshtiyur is a village near Tiruppattur in Tamil Nadu. This village is 8 km from Tirupattu. The village is famous for its large temple, one of the 108 Divya Desams, a sacred place for the Vaishnavas. It comes under the Pandyan temples. Alvar Ramanujar visited here and worshiped Lord Vishnu. The name of this god is Saumiya Narayana Perumal. God is in five places. A colossal idol of Soumya Narayana with a five-headed naga is seen holding a school. It has the honor of being a divine land where Ramanuja preached the eight-letter mantra Om Namo Narayanaya (Om is one letter) to all the people of the world.

Kottaiyur [PKACT House]

Kottaiyur is a suburb of Karaikudi located in northern part of Karaikudi town in Sivaganga district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The village is famous for Kottaiyur Sivan Temple which is one of the master pieces in the Chettinadu region. Kottaiyur has an average elevation of 77 metres (253 ft) and is located north in Karaikudi, on the Karaikudi-Trichy Highway


Kothamangalam is a village panchayat located in the Sivaganga district of Tamil-Nadu state,India. Kothamangalam is a village in Sakkottai Block in Sivaganga District of Tamil Nadu State, India. It is located 60 km to the north of District headquarters Sivaganga. 13 km from Sakkottai. 416 km from State capital Chennai. Kothamangalam village is located in the UTC 5.30 time zone and it follows Indian standard time(IST).


The Thirumayam Fort is a 40-acre wide[1] fortress in the town of Thirumayam in Pudukkottai-Karaikudi Highway in Pudukkottai District, Tamil Nadu, India.The fort originally said to have been a 'ring fort' with seven concentric walls has only four surviving now. The construction of the fort is of inferior quality as small blocks of stone were used along with bricks for the building of the fortification.

The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00pm.

Pudukkottai Museum

This Government Museum is a museum located in the town of Pudukkottai of Pudukkottai District. This is the second largest museum of Tamil Nadu after Government Museum, Chennai. The museum is divided into sections covering zoology, geology, paintings, anthropology, epigraphy. Rare ancient stone and Bronze sculptures are also found here.

Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary

Vettangudi Bird's Sanctuary is a natural habitat for winter migratory and residential birds. This area of small drainage basins attracts more than 8,000 winter migratory birds belonging to 217 species, mostly from European and North Asian countries. (Best Season: Nov-February)

Pallathur - Solai Andavar temple

Solai andavar Kovil is one of the famous temples in Kothari, Pallathur. This is our village's powerful god, Lyyanar Temple. 13 km from Karaikudi, 4 km from Kanadukathan,
Thirumayam is a historic village, with its central attractions being the Thirumayam Fort and the temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Thirumayam Fort, situated atop a hill, was built in 1687 AD by Sethupathi Vijaya Raghunatha Thevar, the ruler of Ramanathapuram, 22 km from Karaikudi and 12 km from Kanadukathan.

Kudumiyanmalai (World Famous Sculptures)

Here is a cave temple carved on the foothills of Kudumiyanmalai, locally known as Malaikkovil. The temple has a thousand pillared mandapams. The famous musical inscription describing notations for the seven-stringed musical instrument 'Parivadini' is engraved on the right of the cave temple. The mahamandapa attached to the structural temple has an exquisite 1000 pillars. (30 km from Thirumayam).